By Ene Asuquo
The Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu v has called on Nigerians to co-exist irrespective of tribe or religion and should see them selves as brothers and sisters
The treaty king gave the charge in Calabar when a delegation of Igbo Community in Cross River led by professor Masalus Ojuwa paid him a solidarity visit in his palace recently
The monarch who is the 78th king that has sat on the revered throne of the EFik kingdom while addressing members of the delegation, said there wouldn’t be any meaningful development without peace and tolerance
He thanked the Igbo delegation for showing that highest level of love for him and to the palace, maintaining that they are all one and should co-exist and live together as brothers and sisters
The Obong stressed that our founding fathers, like Azikiwe, Okpara, Awolowo and several others lived together and in peace, gave selfless service to the Nation because the development and the prosperity of the people was paramount to them, hence the small resources they had as at then were property utilized for the good of the people
He said, the gab between the leaders of today and our founding fathers is too wide as every body wants to enrich their pockets. He prayed for Nigeria to have good leaders that will have the interest of the people first at heart
On his part, the leaders of Igbo Community in Cross River professor Ojuwa who is the chairman of Okenwua in the Eze Ndi Igbo said that, “we have come to pay a solidarity visit to the Obong of Calabar over his victory at the supreme court recently, adding that most of them have stayed in calabar for between 30 to 50 years, and wouldn’t want any problem.
They also added that it was a thing of joy to see the Obong on his throne against the wide spread reports on the social media that the Obong has been removed
The Obong told them that the throne of the Obong of Calabar is not vacant and will never be vacant.
“You are all witnesses, and you have seen it your selves today that i’am still occupying the throne”